Step 9

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

“You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it; it’s yours! But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.”

Mark 11:24-25

Saying “I’m sorry” is difficult enough with people we love.  Making amends to EVERYONE we have harmed takes courage and God’s direction.  Sometimes  we get a strange reaction from these people – they might not even remember the incident, or would prefer to keep the relationship hostile.  It’s important too, that we’re careful about revealing information that might harm someone in our attempt to make things right.  The important point is that WE will experience a healing in this process, if we are willing to follow this step.  More often than not a joyful reunion occurs with the people with whom we build bridges and healing takes place. This experience is well worth any risk involved!

A.    Get rid of the weight:

  • Heb. 12:1

B.    Reconciliation with a brother:

  • Matt. 18:15                      Mark 11:24-25

C.    Reconciliation with God through Christ:

  • 2 Cor. 5:17-21                  Col. 1:20-21
  • Eph. 2:14-18                    Heb. 2:17-18

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